Hop to It! National Rabbit Day!

Hop to It! National Rabbit Day!
23 Dec 2016

September 24th is a very special day – National Rabbit Day! On this day we raise awareness of rabbits adoption (and… Pet Adoption Month is getting closer!) – they are in desperate need of loving homes, and encourage potential bunny guardians to ‘adopt not shop’. Indeed, when hopping out to find your new pet don’t get ‘tunnel’ vision and buy from a breeder. Rabbits are the third most numerous residents in shelters (after dogs and cats) so consider rabbit adoption.

A Perfect Storm

Why do so many rabbits?

Easter with it images of fluffy bunnies falls in the spring, which is also happens to be peak rabbit breeding season. The formula is simple:

Kiddy pester power + Lots of bunnies available = Impulse purchase

Holly and Hugo on National Rabbit Day

The scenario then plays out where  the child then grows bored with the rabbit and the parent hasn’t thought through who looks after the pet when they go on vacation. The result is that come holiday time the rabbit ends up in a rescue shelter. 

Another reason pets end up in a shelter, is found in the expression, “Breeding like rabbits.” Some unfortunate owners believe they have two female rabbits, but end up with a boy and a girl which results in a population explosion. This coupled with not understanding that rabbits can breed from as young as 10 weeks old (males) and 16 weeks (females) of age leads to an exponential rise in the number of rabbits needing homes.

The Responsible Rabbit Owner

The responsible rabbit owner commits to their pet and knows the following:

  • Rabbits are prey animals, easily frightened, and not ideal children’s pets
  • Rabbits are a long term commitment and can live for 10 – 12 years
  • Your home needs rabbit-proofing against those gnawing teeth
  • Rabbits run up vet bills, just like a dog or cat
  • Rabbits need your time, love, and attention
  • Rabbit adoption alleviates the crisis that is homeless rabbits in shelters.

Holly and Hugo celebrates Rabbit Day

Great! You’re committed to rabbit adoption, so what will that bunny give you back in return?

  • Great Characters: Each rabbit is an individual with their own unique personality. Indeed, rabbits are such fun there are even special words to describe their activities, such as “binking” (a type of hopping skip) and “bunny flops” (a comical way of lying down.)
  • Companionship: Rabbits love company and make excellent house pets. A rabbit’s small size means they make great apartment pets (and you don’t have to walk them in the rain!)
  • Body Clock: Rabbits are most active in the morning and evening, which is a great match for people.
  • Long Life: When a beloved pet reaches the end of their life it’s so hard to say goodbye. But rabbits can live for 10-12 years, which has to be a great innings for a small pet.
  • Insurance: Yes, you have to expect vet bills but it’s now possible to get insurance cover for rabbits, enabling you to make healthcare decisions based on what’s best for the rabbit not your finances. To learn about the importance of good care read: The Secret to Keeping your Angora Rabbit Healthy.
  • Healthy Diet: And lastly, rabbits are vegetarian and love a tasty snack of veggies or fruit. A great incentive to stock the kitchen with healthy foods, and who knows you might end up fancying a carrot stick yourself.

If this has made you consider rabbit adoption then Holly and Hugo would love to give you a helping paw. We warmly invite you to enroll, FREE of charge, on our Pet Adoption course. Simply click the button saying “Enroll Now”, follow the prompts and then use “PetAdoption” as your redemption code.

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Pippa Elliott

Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27-years' experience in companion animal practice. Pippa's first job was in a practice by the sea, where she acquired her first (of many) waif-and-stray, a Dockyard Cat Rescue kitten, called Skate. She then worked for the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) which is a national charity that provides veterinary care for the animals of owners with limited finance. Currently Pippa works in a Veterinary Clinic in UK.